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High School Honored for AP Tests Gains

Access has increased to Advanced Placement classes at the regional high school.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School is one of 46 Massachusetts schools districts named to the College Board's 2012 AP District Honor Roll for expanding access to Advanced Placement curriculum.

Superintendent Michael Harvey recently announced the honor in a message to parents, noting the school has made "significant gains in access to AP courses and student performance on AP exams."

The high school was included on the AP District Honor Roll because it met one of the College Board's criteria:

Increasing access to AP courses by:

  • At least 4% in large districts
  • At least 6% in medium districts
  • At least 11% in small district

Schools can also qualify for the honor if performance levels were maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring 3 or higher from 2010 to 2012.

More school districts from Massachusetts earned a spot on the honor roll than any other state in the nation. A total of 539 districts across the U.S. and Canada were selected for the third annual AP Honor Roll.

"I congratulate these school districts for their efforts to expand access to, and success in, coursework that signals readiness for a college level curriculum," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester in a written announcement. "In Massachusetts, we are encouraging our schools to upgrade their program of study so that all students are ready for success beyond high school. The Commonwealth's status of being the state with the most AP honor roll awardees is evidence of progress toward this goal." 

Tracy December 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM
This is great news!
Gardner McCormick December 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
In case you were not aware, the Hamilton Wenham Edfund funded a grant to the District two years ago to provide an additional VHS classroom of 25 seats so students could take advantage of more AP courses as well as other courses not offered in the regular curriculum.This is a four year commitment and another example of how the Edfund grants advantage to our students in our schools.
Michelle Bailey December 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Congratulations HWRHS. Research indicates that students are more likely to succeed in college when schools expand and encourage Advanced Placement participation.
Tracy December 11, 2012 at 02:42 AM
All the more reason to buy a tree from the EdFund this year.

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